LINGUIST List 32.582

Tue Feb 16 2021

Confs: Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Philos of Lang, Pragmatics/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 16-Feb-2021
From: Maite Seidel <>
Subject: Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics of Harmful Speech
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Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics of Harmful Speech (Feb.18-19)

Date: 18-Feb-2021 - 19-Feb-2021
Location: Berlin (Virtual), Germany
Contact: Mihaela Popa-Wyatt
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

Speech can be used to change societies in bad ways. It supports institutional oppression, establishes new oppressive norms, silences opponents, spreads disinformation and propagates feelings of hate. Online communities magnify the effects of individual speech acts. This workshop series, comprising five meetings, will dive into five different aspects of oppressive speech. We’ll look at social norms and institutions, silencing and free speech, social meaning, norm-shifting and disinformation. We’ll bring several tools and perspectives from linguistics, social modelling, and philosophy, including game theory, semantics/pragmatics and speech act theory. We’ll seek answers to how oppressive speech works and how to defend against it.

Program Information:

Thursday, 18 February 2021
Elin McCready: Enriched dogwhistles and ideologies
Roland Mühlenbernd: Politeness and Reputation
David Pietraszewski: Understanding oppressive speech through the lens of humans’ evolved coalitional psychology
Julia Zakkou & Alexander Dinges: On Deniability
Eric Swanson: If You See Something, Say Something: On the Dynamics of Deniable Possibility Raising

Friday, 19 February 2021
Uli Sauerland: The division of socio-emotive and logical meaning from the meaning first perspective
Anton Benz: Precision and Vagueness: Social meaning in Bayesian games
Stephanie Solt, Andrea Beltrama & Heather Burnett: On the social meaning of (im)precision in context
Michael Franke & Chris Cummins: Modeling manipulative language use
Justin Khoo: Code words and community norms

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